Sunday, July 27, 2008

Self-care for Caregivers

Many caregivers can become physically and emotionally drained if they do not take care of themselves, making it harder to care for someone else. So, to take care of yourself, you can follow these ideas:
  • Get rest
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Take your own medications
  • Set time aside for yourself each day (examples: take a walk, read, relax, etc.)
  • Try to balance caregiving with your social and work life
  • Express your feelings
  • Do not isolate yourself and get out of the house when you can
  • Participate in support groups
  • Schedule respite care
  • Be patient and compassionate

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